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Art & Soul of Magic Valley, presented by the Magic Valley Arts Council, is the largest cash prize art contest in the Northwest and is held each year in Twin Falls, ID. The competition brings artists, businesses, and community members together to award over $40,000 in prize money, with top prize taking home $15,000. Art & Soul of Magic Valley will be April 13-28, 2018. More that 165 artists are registered for the main contest.
This unique Art and Community event offers fun, festivities, and excitement as artists’ works are seen by thousands of locals and visitors. Everyone 16 years old and older with a valid identification is encouraged to register to vote for their favorite art pieces. Public voting is free and determines all the winners. In 2018 there will be more than 30 prize winners.
Artists’ works are showcased in Venues – Twin Falls city businesses, public offices and public spaces which become galleries for hundreds of pieces of art work displayed in multiple “neighborhoods throughout the city.”
Artists secure Sponsors to serve as their advocates. Anyone can become a Sponsor: individuals, friends, family, civic groups or organizations, etc.
For more information, contact the Magic Valley Arts Council at 208-734-ARTS (2787).
Soul Searching Events:
Take time to enjoy all the aspects of Art & Soul of the Magic Valley! Several of our Venues will be showcasing their artist(s) during this community-wide event.
Thursday, April 12:
All are invited to the official Kick-Off Celebration for the 8th Annual Art & Soul of the Magic Valley from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts, home of the Magic Valley Arts Council. The Celebration is co-hosted this year by Plant Therapy. Delight your senses with food, friends, and fun as we unveil this year’s art. Enjoy live music and be among the first to register to vote! 195 River Vista Place. For more information contact the Arts Council at (208) 734-ARTS (2787) or see the official Art & Soul website: MagicValleyHasArt.com
The events below are happening each and every day of Art & Soul, visit multiple times and enjoy these specials:
Bring your Art & Soul gang to Pizza Pie Cafe where you’ll enjoy BOGO throughout the entire show. Serving up exactly what you want at 1826 Canyon Crest Dr., (208) 735-1369, PizzaPieCafe.co/
Satisfy your sweet cravings at Baskin-Robbins where you’ll receive $1 off any tasty treat each day during Art & Soul when you show your souvenir brochure or yellow walking sheet. Come meet the folks who make life so sweet! 677 Blue Lakes Blvd. N., (208) 733-6555. BaskinRobbins.com
Missed your chance for high tea with the queen? No need to worry, Boot Barn will be presenting “Western Art & High Tea” each day during Art & Soul. Come see their wide selection of fashionable and functional styles while you enjoy tea & biscuits. 1175 Addison Ave E, (208) 736-5053, BootBarn.com
Any time during Art & Soul, come dine at Jakers Bar & Grill and show your souvenir brochure or yellow walking sheet and receive 10% off your bill of $20 or more. 1598 Blue Lakes Blvd., N., (208) 733-8400, www.jakers.com
Art & Soul new patient special! Free bleaching trays with exam, X-ray and cleaning at Sawtooth Dental. Creating healthy smiles for a healthy lifestyle. 1437 Park View Dr. (208) 733-4515, SawtoothDental.com
Saturday, April 14:
There will be a joint event sponsored by Sips N Sweet Treats and Snake River Pool and Spa from noon – 4:00 pm. Stop in for a watercolor painting demonstration by Leslie Redhead at Snake River Pool & Spa, 960 Blue Lakes Blvd. N., (208) 734-8103, TheSpaTeam.com. Enjoy the best treats Twin Falls has to offer at Sips N Sweet Treats, 1020 Blue Lakes Blvd N., (208) 410-7394, SipsNSweetTreats.com
We’re celebrating the youth artists at an Art & Soul Youth Reception at the Magic Valley Mall from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. All youth artists are encouraged to bring their families & friends to show off their talents! Snacks provided. 1485 Pole Line Rd. E. The Magic Valley Mall is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm so plan on browsing at your favorite shops before and after the event. MagicValleyMall.com. For more information call the Magic Valley Arts Council at 734-ARTS(2787).
Deseret Book will be hosting an open house for their artists, Lisa Krear and Gary Rasmussen from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Come by and meet Gary & Lisa then browse their wide selection of popular & Christian books, music, movies, home decor, jewelry & more! 1434 Pole Line Rd. E, 734-6781, www.deseretbook.com.
Wabi Sabi presents an open house event for their many talented Art & Soul artists from 4-8pm. Come enjoy live music and refreshments while relaxing in this lovely gallery and workshop space! 632 Main Ave. N., (208) 421-1311, Facebook.com/wabisabitwinfslls/
Sunday, April 15:
Yellow Brick Cafe is pleased to host, “Take Me to Cuba!” a presentation by Art & Soul’s own Bob Sojka from 11am – 12:30pm. Grab a bite as Bob takes you into the “Pearl of the Antilles” where you’ll discover the wonders of Cuba. Fresh eats and drinks, sourcing from only the best local farmers and growers in Idaho, Yellow Brick Cafe’s food is itself a work of art! 136 Main Ave. N., (208) 731-9837, Facebook.com/theyellowbrickcafe/
Monday, April 16:
Join us at Jakers Bar & Grill for a meet and greet with our wonderful and local artist, Holly Afeaki from 2-5p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Also, any time during Art & Soul, come dine at Jakers, show your souvenir brochure or yellow walking sheet and receive 10% off your bill of $20 or more. 1598 Blue Lakes Blvd., N., (208) 733-8400, www.jakers.com
Tuesday, April 17:
Bring the whole family for lunch and join Chick-fil-A as they host a meet the artist event with Erin Boston. There will be a drawing game for kids with a free dessert award. 1631 Blue Lakes Blvd N., 735-5010, Chick-fil-a.com/Locations/ID/Twin-Falls
Freedom Auto Finders presents a meet-the-artist event for actor, stuntman, and artist, Ron Lewis, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served and Holesinsky Winery from Buhl will generously host the wine for this event. 365 Blue Lakes Blvd. N., 734-3000, FreedomAutoFinders.com
Come visit Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore for an artist reception and see Levi Bennett’s life-sized buffalo! Refreshments will be served with live music by Jon Gibson from 5-7pm. 639 Eastland South. (208) 735-1233, HabitatMagicValley.org/restore/
Wednesday, April 18:
Western Visions Gallery will host a reception for their artists, Robert Moore and Garth Williams, in their gallery from 5pm – 7:30pm. Come learn how you can make your dream home vision come true! 1520 Fillmore, (208) 539-4898, WesternVisions.com
The Herrett Center for Arts at Science at CSI presents the Centennial Observatory Astronomy Talk: Mars Approaches! 8:15pm. The ins and outs of close approaches of Mars, including this summer, when the Red Planet will be nearer than its been since 2003. Adult admission $2.50, students $1.50, children 6 and under are free. Two hours of telescope viewing follow the talk (weather permitting). Observatory admission: $1.50, or free with paid talk admission.
Thursday, April 19:
Middlekauff Ford Lincoln will present a wine & cheese tasting event from 5:00 – 7:00 pm to honor their twelve distinguished artists. Visit with your friends, enjoy the art, and check out Middlekauff’s extensive selection of available vehicles. Wine provided by Holesinsky Winery. 1243 Blue Lakes Blvd. N., (208) 736-2480, BigMDirect.com
Yellow Brick Cafe will host an artist reception in honor of Donna Pritchard from Hailey, 6-8pm. She will be showcasing her work “Whimsy” and reciting corresponding poetry. Bring your friends and enjoy dishes prepared especially for Art & Soul in a fun, relaxing, artful atmosphere. 136 Main Ave. N., (208) 731-9837, Facebook.com/theyellowbrickcafe/
CSI Stage Door presents: Sentences
CSI Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30pm. “While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” CSI theater instructor Shane Brown ventures into the Idaho State Penitentiary to teach creative writing workshops to inmates. Explore how the introduction of creativity and artistic expression will affect the lives of these men fettered by iron bars and the deeds of their pasts. The works the inmates create-poetry, scripts, memoirs, short stories-will be presented by local actors. Can beauty be found buried behind concrete and steel, veiled from the rest of society. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for CSI or high school and under students. Tickets are available at the CSI Box Office, by calling (208) 732-6288, at the door, or by going online to http://tickets.csi.edu. Seating is limited to 100 people.
Friday, April 20:
The Hilton Garden Inn Twin Falls will be hosting an artist reception from 4-6pm. Refreshments will be served and there will be a no host bar available. 1741 Harrison St N, (208) 733-8500. HiltonGardenInn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/idaho/hilton-garden-inn-twin-falls-TWFTFGI/index.html
Join your friends at Everton Mattress and Furniture Gallery for an Art & Soul reception for their six talented artists from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Richard Berger, the executive chef and General Manager at Canyon Crest Dining & Event Center. No host bar. Matt & Fern, the famous Everton duo will be present! 347 Pole Line Rd, (208) 733-8373 www.EvertonMattress.com
Saturday, April 21:
Visit Rodda Paint for an on-site woodworking demonstration by Twin Falls native Eddie Will from 8:00am – 1:00pm. 1280 Filer Ave. E., (208) 733-5333, RoddaPaint.com
Kurt‘s Pharmacy & Hallmark will be cheering artist Dave Swain from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. 1203 Filer Ave. E. in the Lynwood shopping center, (208) 734-8177, KurtsPharmacyHallmark.com
Join the Art & Soul throng as we gather in Historic Downtown Twin Falls for the annual “Art & Soul Stroll.” Wander among the many shops, restaurants, showrooms, lobbies and studios as we appreciate art and satisfy our many appetites. Many of the venues will be having Art & Soul specials, open houses, and meet-and-greet artist receptions during the event. Check with the venues for details on times of special activities that they may have planned. As always, businesses displaying art will be identified by the yellow Art & Soul flag. Pick up a copy of the Limited Edition Souvenir Program to see all the downtown venues participating in Art & Soul this year. For information contact Cheryl at Design 125, (208) 733-1256, Design125.com.
Known Art & Soul Stroll events in Historic Downtown Twin Falls include:
Stop in and view the art at Glanbia Cheese Marketplace. Buy a brick of cheese anytime today and mention this ad and you’ll receive a free brick of cheese! 121 4th Ave. S., (208) 749-8679, Facebook.com/glanbiacheesemarketplace/
Gather with Art & Bonnie Hoag & friends to celebrate the many talented Art & Soul artists who have their work showcased at both Mary Alice Park and Wabi Sabi. Refreshments at both locations. Mary Alice Park 436 Main Ave. N. and Wabi Sabi at 632 Main Ave. N. (208) 421-1311, Facebook.com/wabisabitwinfslls/ Maryalicepark.org
Stop by Wabi Sabi during the Art & Soul Stroll for some refreshments and admire the work of their many talented Art & Soul artists while relaxing in this lovely gallery and workshop space! 632 Main Ave. N., (208) 421-1311, Facebook.com/wabisabitwinfslls/
Yellow Brick Cafe proudly presents “Island in the Stream,” a discussion of the people and traditions of Cuba by artist, author, activist, and scientist, Bob Sojka. 2-4pm. Come sample some of the freshest local fare artfully presented by the Yellow Brick Cafe. 136 Main Ave. N., (208) 731-9837, Facebook.com/theyellowbrickcafe/
SavMor Drug will host a party for their three artists. Come have a delicious old-fashioned glass bottle of Coca-Cola and homemade treats. 139 Main Ave. W., (208) 733-8323, www.mygnp.com
Meet Jennifer Bellinger of Ketchum, ID at Design 125. Jennifer will showcase her oil painting, Good Night Sun Valley II, during the live artist meet and greet from 4:00-7:00pm. Light refreshments and live entertainment plus all wall art will be 25% off! 125 Main Ave. W., (208) 733-1256. Design125.com
The Brass Monkey will host a reception for Rosi Martinez Eckert from 5-8:00 pm. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while meeting & greeting the artist. 124 Main Ave. N. (208) 944-9452. BrassMonkeyClothing.com.
Jensen Ringmakers and Gallery will be hosting an event for their artists, Mimi Ford & Betsie Richardson, from 5:30-8:00pm. Join the downtown crowd for appetizers & wine in a sparkling atmosphere. 109 Main Ave. E., (208) 734-7020, Jensen-Jewelers.com
Get creative with your friends at Bull Moose Bicycles for their reCYCLING event, an arts and crafts night at the shop using bike parts and a variety of tools and materials. Jewelry, wind chimes, the possibilities are endless! 6-8pm. 160 Main Ave. N., (208) 944-0182
Magic Valley Chorale Concert
The Magic Valley Chorale is excited to sing Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson, along with selected religious pieces, for the first half of their spring concert. The second half will feature folk songs and a medley from the Broadway musical Les Misérables. 7:30pm at the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets are $10adults, $8/seniors, and $5/students and are available at Sav-Mor Drug, Kurt’s Pharmacy, at the CSI Box Office, or at the door.
Sunday, April 22:
Magic Valley Chorale Concert, 4 pm at the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium
The Magic Valley Chorale is excited to sing Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson, along with selected religious pieces, for the first half of their spring concert. The second half will feature folk songs and a medley from the Broadway musical Les Misérables.
Tickets are $10adults, $8/seniors, and $5/students and are available at Sav-Mor Drug, Kurt’s Pharmacy, at the CSI Box Office, or at the door.
Monday, April 23:
Atlatls: Spear Chuckin’ 101, presented by the Herrett Center for Arts and Science. Let loose your inner caveman! Following an introductory dart-throwing session, participants in this workshop will learn the history of the atlatl, identify and gather local resources, and then design and build a working atlatl and dart set. Includes all materials. Primitive Skills for Modern Man is a series of hands-on workshops covering topics such as fire-making, flintknapping, and native plant identification. Led by Herrett Center staff and local experts, these fun and friendly workshops offer participants a unique chance to gain practical, hands-on primitive skill knowledge in an informal environment. Register early! Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Age 12 and up. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Monday, April 23rd through Friday, April 27th, 6-8:30 PM (Attend all five sessions). Class limit: 12. Fee: $50
Tuesday, April 24:
The Herrett Center for Arts & Science is the home of the Faulkner Planetarium – the largest planetarium theater in Idaho, seating 144 under a 50’ dome. Shows are Tuesdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 7 pm and 8 pm, Saturdays 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 7 and 8 pm. Please see herrett.csi.edu for show schedules and ticket prices. For more information contact the Herrett Center for Arts & Science at The College of Southern Idaho, 315 Falls Ave. Museum front desk: (208) 732-6655. Planetarium ticket sales: (208) 732-6655.
Wednesday, April 25:
Idaho Joes is pleased to host an open house event for Leon Smith from 5 – 7 pm. Join your friends for some great conversation and Idaho Joes legendary down home fare. 598 Blue Lakes Blvd N., (208) 734-9403, IdahoJoes.com
TitleFact will be hosting a wine and cheese reception in honor of Jacob Novinger’s “Modern Man” sculpture. 5:30 – 7 pm. 163 4th Ave. N., (208) 733-3821, TitleFact.com
Thursday, April 26:
Friday, April 27:
Magic Valley Arts Council presents Brown Bag Lecture Series: Grown and Innovation in the Magic Valley, noon. Sponsored in part by Dot Foods and Everton Mattress & Furniture Gallery, the series features 1-hour presentation by area innovators and contributors to the valley’s economic growth. Bring your lunch or order to go from Elevation 486. Twin Falls Center for the Arts, 195 River Vista Place. For more information call 734-ARTS(2787). MagicValleyArtsCouncil.org
Magic Valley Symphony presents an old-fashioned Summer-in-the-Park concert of familiar light classics and popular hits in the tradition of the 19th century Viennese garden concerts and the Boston Pops. Tickets are 10/adults/$8/seniors/$6/students and are available at Kurt’s Pharmacy, Dunkley Music, Sav-Mor Drug, the CSI Box Office or at the door. CSI Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 pm. (208) 732-6288. tickets.csi.edu
Saturday, April 28:
Voting closes today – Register to vote for your 14 favorite artists and/or 9 favorite youth contestants. Art & Soul voting headquarters is located inside the Twin Falls Center for the Arts, 195 River Vista Place. Cast your votes at the Voting Headquarters until 8:00 pm or from any computer with your password. Passwords are obtained by registering at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts. Online voting officially closes at midnight Saturday, April 28th, 2018.
Saturday, May 5:
You won’t want to miss the Art & Soul Awards Ceremony at the Orpheum Theater at 4 pm, 146 Main Ave. N. Grab some refreshments and a comfy seat as the contest winners are announced for the general competition, the professionally judged competition, the youth categories, and the People’s Choice Venue award. For more information call the Magic Valley Arts Council at 734-ARTS(2787). *Please note that the Awards Ceremony will be held one week after the end of Art & Soul.
2017 Art & Soul Top Prize Winners
Sponsored by the Magic Valley Arts Council, the 7th Annual Art & Soul of the Magic Valley winners were announced during the May 6 Awards Ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre. The ceremony brought to a close the public-voting art contest where over 280 artists showcased their work in 80 locations throughout Twin Falls, ID.
Art & Soul of the Magic Valley is a city-wide art appreciation and awareness event awarding $40,000 in prize money. Major Supporters of the contest were Art Guild of Magic Valley, Blue Lakes Inn, Locally Owned Radio, Magic Valley Mall, and Premier Autogroup.
The Art & Soul 4th Place winner and recipient of $1,500 is New Plymouth, ID artist Travis Emmen with his large wire sculpture entry of a boxer dog and ball entitled My Favorite Thing. As the Venue for the 4th Place Winner TitleFact receives $50.
The Art & Soul 3rd Place winner and recipient of $2,500 is Sharon Breshears of Gooding, ID for her photography entry Through the Mist. As the Venue for the 3rd Place Winner the Orpheum Theatre receive $100.
For the first time in Art & Soul history two entries have tied for 1st Place.
Due to the tie, there is no 2nd place award. First place winners and recipients of $10,000 each are David Bahr & Courtney Bjornn of Twin Falls, ID for their large fiber entry BMW Motorcycle made from corrugated fiber sheets;
and David LaMure, Jr. of Kimberly, ID for his small bronze sculpture entry Vessel. As the Venues for the 1st Place Winners Middlekauff Auto Mall and Design 125 each receive $175.
2016 Interview with Art & Soul Founder Art Hoag
To find your favorite artists simply search by name or go the the CATEGORY tab and through the artists listed under each category. Artists will be added beginning March 1.
Thursday, April 12th:
All are invited to the official kick-off party for the 8th Annual Art & Soul of the Magic Valley from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Twin Falls Center for the Arts, home of the Magic Valley Arts Council. Co-sponsored by Plant Therapy. Delight your senses with food, friends, and fun as we unveil this year’s art. Enjoy live music and be among the first to register to vote! 195 River Vista Place. For more information contact the Arts Council at (208) 734-2787, www.magicvalleyartscouncil.org and the official Art & Soul website www.magicvalleyhasart.com.